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BSA Seeking Items for Thanksgiving Food Baskets

October 22, 2010

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MACOMB, IL - - The Western Illinois University Black Student Association (BSA) is partnering with the Cans Across America Project to raise food and funds for families in need in the Macomb area.

The BSA is accepting donations for the eighth annual Thanksgiving Food Basket Project until Wednesday, Nov. 10.

Items needed include whole turkeys, Cornish hens, cases or boxes of macaroni and cheese, boxes of mashed potatoes, stuffing mix, gravy, sauces, beverages, corn bread muffin mix, canned corn, green beans, yams and sweet potatoes as well as monetary contributions, which can be dropped off at the Multicultural Center outside the Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center (GBCC) lounge or with the BSA (Student Organization Center, University Union basement). Contributions will be distributed to families in the Macomb community that have been identified as being in need. A Thanksgiving card will be added to each basket, and individuals or organizations will be listed as donors.

According to Belinda Carr, GBCC director, the Thanksgiving Project has grown significantly over the last eight years.

"In the first year, we delivered 12 food baskets, compared to 160 baskets last year," Carr said. "We really appreciate the support of the WIU and Macomb communities."

For more information, contact the GBCC at (309) 298-2220 or the Black Student Association at (309) 298-3255.

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